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Trischa Zorn

Trischa Zorn (born June 1, 1964 in Orange, California)[1] is a United States swimmer. Blind from birth, she competes in Paralympic swimming (S12, SB12 and SM12 disability categories).[2] She is, at present, the most successful athlete in the history of the Paralympic Games, having won 51 medals, of which 37 are gold.[3] She took the Paralympic Oath for athletes at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta.[4]

Zorn studied at the University of Nebraska, and, as of 2001, "teaches third and fourth graders with special needs in Indianapolis".[5]

She competed in the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games.[6][7] In the 1996 Games in Atlanta, she won more medals than any other athlete: two gold, three silver and three bronze. She had also topped the individual medal table at the 1992 Games in Barcelona,[8] with ten gold medals and two silver.[9] She had won seven gold medals during her first Games in 1980.[10]

Following the Athens Games in 2004, she had won 51 medals at the Paralympic Games, more than any other athlete, of any nationality. Of those, 37 were gold medals, 9 were silver and 5 were bronze.[11][12][13] After the Sydney Games in 2000, she also held eight world records in her disability category (50 m backstroke, 100 m backstroke, 200 m backstroke, 200 m individual medley, 400 m individual medley, 200 m breaststroke, 4 50 m medley relay, 4 50 m free relay).[14]

On 1 January 2005, Zorn was one of eight athletes honoured during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York. The other seven were Ian Thorpe of Australia, Nadia Com neci of Romania, George Weah of Liberia, Fran oise Mbango Etone of Cameroon, Gao Min of China, F lix S nchez of the Dominican Republic and Bart Conner of the United States. The eight athletes were "centre stage during the festivities in the countdown leading up to ringing in the New Year".[15]

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